Billy King wants Hearts captain Danny Wilson to ignore interest from other clubs and remain at Tynecastle next season.
The Scotland defender is attracting attention from Celtic and teams in Europe but Hearts are eager for him to lead them back in the Scottish Premiership
Wilson’s contract has another year to run and it remains to be seen if he will stay with the Edinburgh club. He has been watched by several scouts this season as Hearts won promotion from the Scottish Championship to Premiership. Both owner Ann Budge and head coach Robbie Neilson have confirmed they are under no pressure to sell players this summer
King, 20, praised Wilson’s leadership as he urged the skipper to stay put. “He’s been brilliant all season as our captain. He’s led us brilliantly throughout the campaign,” said the winger. “I’ve not really heard much about the speculation but hopefully he stays in the summer.”
King added that Neilson has encouraged all Hearts’ young players to stay and be part of next season’s Premiership campaign. The club have won the Championship title in record time ahead of Hibs and Rangers and are aiming for a top-six place next year.
“You’ve seen a number of players from Scotland who’ve moved down to England, for example, and it’s not worked out for them, so they’ve come back up here to start again,” continued King. “The manager has said it’s better to stay here, get first-team football and try to improve. You will develop in the first team here because you’re playing at a competitive level
“Even players down south who are in the Scotland Under-21 squads, some of them are looking to go out on loan to another club.”